Student News Brief: February 11, 2011

CHILI FUNDRAISER TODAY:  A reminder that there is a chili fundraiser today (Friday) from 11am to 7pm at St. Albert the Great Church.  The fundraiser will benefit Paul Castle, a junior in construction  management,  who was involved in a severe motor vehicle accident while traveling back to school to start the spring semester.  There is a suggested donation of $5 or more for the dinner.  A silent auction of local goods and services will be held.  Volunteers are welcome and needed.  For more information, contact Genny Gierke, president of Catholic Campus Ministries, at gegierke@mtu.edu.

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BENEFIT WINTER CONCERT:  Mu Beta Psi will be hosting our annual Winter Carnival concert on Friday Feb. 11th in the MUB Commons.  Local bands Love Friction and This is Deer Country will be playing beginning at 8pm.  All proceeds from the event will go to benefit Mu Beta Psi’s scholarship fund that goes to a Michigan Tech student involved in a musical ensemble on campus.  Doors open at 8pm, $5 per person, and a cash bar will be available to those of age.

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KEWEENAW SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA:  Classical music matinee at 2pm Saturday, February 12 at the Rozsa Center.  The cost of a ticket is $5.00 general admission and the event is free to Michigan Tech students.  To purchase tickets, contact Michigan Tech Ticketing Services at the Rozsa Center Box Office at 487.3200, The Central Ticket Office (SDC) at 487.2073 or go online at tickets.mtu.edu. No refunds, exchanges, or late seating, please.

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SOMNIUM:  “The After Days:  A Somnium Event” will be held 7pm Saturday, Febaruay 12 at the Rozsa Center Art Gallery and is a free event.  Somnium is a Hancock based band whose music recalls Pink Floyd and presents a music-art fusion show with both local and out-of-the-area artists and musicians.  The art exhibition will remain in the gallery for three weeks after the opening night on February 12.

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PABLO FRANCISCO:  AKA “The Movie Trailer Guy” is this year’s Winter Carnival Comedian, sponsored by the Michigan Tech Student Entertainment Board.  This event will be held on Saturday, February 12 at 9pm in the Rozsa Center.  Not appropriate for children.  Ticket prices for the general public are $32 for adults, $30 for seniors, and $28 for students.  To purchase tickets, contact Michigan Tech Ticketing Services at the Rozsa Center Box Office at 487.3200, The Central Ticket Office (SDC) at 487.2073 or go online at tickets.mtu.edu. No refunds, exchanges, or late seating, please. 

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THAI STUDENT ASSOCIATION:  The Thai Student Association (TSA) is a new student organization, and will soon offer some activities to students who might interested, such as a presentation of Thailand, learning Thai through movies, and a cooking demonstration.  Their upcoming event is “Presentation of Thailand” which will be on Saturday, February 19.  Food is provided.  Please RSVP to Nook Patcharapol at pgorgitr@mtu.edu if you are interested in attending.  For more information you can visit their websites www.thaiatmtu.co.cc and http://www.involvement.mtu.edu/organization/Thai.

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VALENTINE’S DAY MOVIE:  The KISS Club and Film Board will be screening “She’s Out of My League” at 8:30 pm on Valentine’s Day in Fisher 135.  Doors open at 8:00pm and the event is FREE.  Bring a date, or come with friends.  Enjoy free popcorn, cookies and other Valentine’s Day goodies.  Free condom roses or chocolate roses while supplies last. Valentine’s Day and other prizes will be raffled at the end.

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GIVE BACK:  Join us on Tuesday, February 15 at 4:00pm at St. Vincents in Hancock and help prepare weekly meal packages as well as sorting in the food bank and donation room.  Then at 6:00pm, join us in the conversation and message of “The True Impact of Giving Back” with staff from St. Vincent’s and other stores from the local community.

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LEAD/HOST EVENTS DURING ORIENTATION:  There will be an information session for “Get Involved in Orientation 2011” on Tuesday, February 15 from 7:00pm to 8:00pm in MUB Ballroom A2.  The purpose of this information session is for your student organization to obtain information on how you can lead/host events during Orientation 2011.   Some of the orientation events include evening activities, holding an information session, or leading an orientation trip.  For more information, email  djturner@mtu.edu.

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RELAY FOR LIFE:  Students interested in joining a Relay for Life team can attend a Kickoff Party Thursday February 17th at 6:00pm in the Wadsworth Hall Annex.  Food and drinks are provided.  Please help fight cancer!  Any questions can be emailed to Stephen Schweitzer at skschwei@mtu.edu.

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CATCHPHRASE EVENT:  Delta Zeta will be hosting a Catchphrase event on Thursday, February 17th from 5-6pm; rides will be leaving from each residence hall lobby at 4:45pm. Any questions please feel free to contact Jessi Thoresen at jlthores@mtu.edu.

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HUGH BLAXILL PRESENTATION:  Hugh Blaxill from MAHLE Powertrain Ltd., will present “Challenges for Increased Efficiency through Increased Performance” on Wednesday, February 16 at 6:30pm in M&M U115.  This event is sponsored by the Society of Automotive Engineers.  FREE PIZZA AND POP!

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MOTOWN NIGHT:  Motown Night will be held on Satuday,  February 19, 2011 at 8PM in the DHH Ballroom.  The event is free, and sponsored by the Black Student Organization in celebration of Black History Month.  Students will dress up and perform hit songs by the Temptations, Supremes, Stevie Wonder, Jackson 5 and Marvin Gaye.  There will be trivia and prizes, and a photo booth where guests may take pictures in front of a backdrop.  The event is open to everyone, and light refreshments will be provided!

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STUDENT LEADERSHIP AWARDS:  Student Affairs is seeking nominations for the President’s Award for Leadership, Vice President for Student Affairs Service Award, and various other student leadership awards. The recipient of each award will be honored at the spring student leadership awards which will be held on Friday, April 15, 2011.  All awards and information about each can be found on the web at www.sa.mtu.edu/awards/.  Nominations for the President’s Award for Leadership and the Vice President for Student Affairs Award for Service need to be submitted by Friday, March 4, 2011, at 5:00 p.m.  Nominations for all other Student Leadership Awards need to be submitted by Friday, March 18, 2011.   Each nomination will enter you into a drawing for one of four $100 gift certificates from the Campus Bookstore.  If you have any questions concerning the awards, please contact Lynda Heinonen at 487-1832 or lheinone@mtu.edu.

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GREEK LIFE AWARDS:  Nominations for the 2011 Greek Life Awards are now open and run until 5:00 pm on March 1st, 2011.  Every spring, Greek Life at Michigan Tech takes the time to recognize those Greek chapters and their members who are making a positive impact in the Greek and University communities as leaders, scholars, and innovators.  Anyone can nominate a Greek student, adviser, or chapter for an award, not just Greeks!  For a direct link to the nomination packet, go to http://greek.mtu.edu/Current_Greek_Students/awards.pdf and print it out today!

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Student News Brief: February 4, 2011

GET YOUR MAIL:  There are several student organizations that have mail collecting dust in MUB 106.  Any mail that has not been picked up by Friday, February 11 will be “returned to sender” or disposed of at the organization’s expense!

NOT TOO LATE FOR BIGFOOT:  On-line registration for this year’s Bigfoot Snowshoe Event is still OPEN! Find event details and a link to registration at www.counseling.mtu.edu.  The pre-registration deadline (for a cheaper price and guaranteed t-shirt on the day of the event) is Feb. 4…so you must register TODAY!

CHINESE NEW YEAR CELEBRATION:  Welcoming the Chinese New Year 2011, the Year of the Rabbit, the Chinese Students and Scholars Association (CSSA) will host a celebration on Sunday, February 6.  The event is FREE  and performers will feature a magic show, dance, drama, and gifts for the audience!  We want everyone to share our happiness!  If you have questions, please feel free to contact CSSA at mtucssa@gmail.com.

PRACTICAL ADVICE FOR CAREER DAY:  African Students Organization is sponsoring  “A Successful Approach to Career Day”  on Wednesday, February 9 at 6pm in Fisher 139.   The event is targeted toward international students, but is good information for domestic students too.  The presenter will be  Jeff Kangas, Assistant Director for Career Services.  Questions?  Contact aso@mtu.edu.

MUSICAL IMRPROV:  Baby Wants Candy: This musical improv comedy group will be performing a brand new musical that YOU get to name and write.  This FREE event is in the MUB Ballroom during the Winter Carnival all-nighter.  Doors open at 10:30 pm; the show starts at 11 pm; pizza, cookies and hot chocolate will be served afterward.  Stop in, warm up, laugh your butt off! 

CURLING:  Have you ever wanted to try curling? Now you can! Come join the Tech curling club in Calumet from 7:30-9:30 Monday evenings. We meet in the Wads lobby at 6:45 and leave at 7pm.  Your first time is free!  Contact vmdemers@mtu.edu or nrluttma@mtu.edu for more information.

SALT LAKE UTAH ALTERNATIVE SPRING BREAK:  The Outdoor Adventure Program will be hosting a ski/snowboard trip to the Salt Lake City area from March 6-11.  The cost to you, not including the cost of your flight, is $500.  The trip will provide 4 ski passes that are interchangeable at Snowbird, Solitude, Brighton, and Alta.  Five nights of lodging will be at the Crystal Inn in Murray, Utah which provides both breakfast and dinner to its guests. The hotel also includes a pool with a hot tub to relax in after a full day of skiing.  Transportation to and from the airport and ski hills is also provided.  Michigan Tech and Finlandia students/faculty/family that are interested in the trip or have any questions should contact Phillip Mercier at pjmercie@mtu.edu, or stop by the OAP building for more information.

CALENDAR GIRLS AT CLUB INDIGO:  Mu Beta Psi music fraternity announces the February Club Indigo.  CALENDAR GIRLS on February 11th features Helen Mirren in a comedy about women in a British club who plan daringly to make money for charity by posing in the nude.  Keweenaw Co-op chefs plan a multi-tabled British buffet at 6pm, followed at 7:15pm by the movie. The cost for the buffet and movie is $18, or $5 for the movie alone.  The movie is dedicated to the Red Had Ladies of the Copper Country.  Women are encouraged (but not required) to wear red hats and join in on the fun.  For the buffet, call the Calumet Theatre in advance for seating: 337-2610.

ORDER YOUR CRUSH:  “I’ve Got A Crush On You” is a Valentine’s Day philanthropy event sponsored by Alpha Sigma Tau to raise money for the Pine Mountain Settlement School.  Show that special someone how you feel with a delicious can of CRUSH!   Orders will be taken February 7-9 in the Fisher lobby from 9am to 3pm, and in the DOW lobby from 11am to 3pm.  The cost of the CRUSH is $1.00 per can; or $1.50 per can including delivery (delivery limited to residence halls and Greek houses).  Delivery dates are Feb 13 and 14.

OOZEBALL T-SHIRT DESIGN CONTEST:  The Michigan Tech Student Foundation is sponsoring an oozeball t-shirt design contest!  Students must submit their designs to the MTSF Office on the 2nd floor of the Alumni House by February 28.  T-shirt designs must have included in them “Oozeball 2011” and the MTSF name.  If you need any more information, please email Ashley Wood at anwood@mtu.edu.

CIVILIAN POSITIONS IN THE MILITARY:  The Society for Women Engineers (SWE) will be hosting guest speaker Aurea L. Rivera on Tuesday, February 8 at 7:30pm in Chem Sci 101.  Ms. Rivera is an Electrical Engineering graduate from the Universty of Puerto Rico and currently works at the National Air and Space Intelligence Center at the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.  She will presenting information about civilian positions in the military.  All students are welcome to attend!

PABLO FRANSISCO AT THE ROZSA:  When this year’s Winter Carnival comedian, Pablo Francisco, hits the stage, he immediately brings his audiences to their feet.  He weaves together his arsenal of characters, spontaneous outbursts, adult humor, and clever insights to create a stand-up show that more resembles an hour-long comedic jazz riff.   Pablo Francisco will be performing at the Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday, February 12 at 9:00pm.  Tickets are $32 for adults, $30 for seniors, and $28 for students.  Not appropriate for children.

WRITING COACHES NEEDED:  The Multiliteracies (writing) Center is in need of coaches beginning in the fall.  If joining the coaching staff interests you, stop by the Center sometime soon.  Applications are due February 18th.

GET INVOLVED WITH ORIENTATION 2011:  Would you like your organization to be involved in Michigan Tech’s Orientation 2011?  To get involved, send a representative of your organization to “Get Involved in Orientation 2011” to be held on February 15th at 7:30 in MUB Ballroom A2.  If you have questions or concerns, please contact Derek Turner at djturner@mtu.edu. 

CONCERT IN MUB COMMONS:  Mu Beta Psi will be hosting our annual Winter Carnival concert on Friday Feb. 11th in the MUB Commons. Local bands Love Friction and This is Deer Country will be playing.  All proceeds from the event will go to benefit Mu Beta Psi’s scholarship fund that goes to a Michigan Tech student involved in a musical ensemble on campus.  Doors open at 8pm.  The cost is $5 per person.  A cash bar will be available to those of age.  Questions may be directed to Katie Sheets at kdsheets@mtu.edu.

MUSICAL IMRPROV:  Baby Wants Candy: This musical improv comedy group will be performing a brand new musical that YOU get to name and write.  This FREE event is in the MUB Ballroom during the Winter Carnival all-nighter.  Doors open at 10:30 pm; the show starts at 11 pm; pizza, cookies and hot chocolate will be served after.  Stop in, warm up, laugh your butt off! 

VALENTINES DAY MOVIE:   The KISS Club and Film Board will be screening “She’s Out of My League” at 8:30 pm on Valentine’s Day in Fisher 135.  Doors open at 8 pm.  There is no cost to you.  Bring a date, or come with friends. Enjoy free popcorn, cookies and other Valentine’s Day goodies.  Free condom roses or chocolate roses while supplies last.  Valentine’s Day and other prizes will be raffled at the end.


Student News Brief: January 28, 2011

BIGFOOT SNOWSHOE EVENT REGISTRATION:  On-line registration for this year’s Bigfoot Snowshoe Event is finally OPEN!  Find event details and a link to registration at www.counseling.mtu.edu.  The pre-registration deadline (for a cheaper price and guaranteed t-shirt on the day of the event) is Feb. 4…so register TODAY!

DELTA ZETA EVENT:  On Wednesday, February 2nd from 6-7pm Delta Zeta will be holding a Splash of Summer Event; we will be making fruit shishkabobs, having a limbo contest, beach ball volleyball, and other summery activities! Contact Jessi Thoresen, jlthores@mtu.edu if you have any questions.

POETRY SLAM:  Calling all Poets/Spoken Word Artist!  Deadline Feb. 4th:  The Poetry Slam will be Friday February 25th at 8pm in the MUB Ballroom. Anyone who is interested in performing should submit a poem to Tayloria Adams at tnadams@mtu.edu.  Poems will be accepted from now until February 4th, one entry per person. Performers will be selected and notified via email by February 9th. CASH prizes of $200, $100, and $50 will be awarded to the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places winners, respectively.

BENEFIT 70’S DANCE:  Engineers Without Borders is hosting a 70’s Dance in the MUB Ballroom on Saturday, Feb. 5, 8 pm – midnight.  Snacks provided; $5 cover charge; cash bar (with valid ID); prize for the best costume!  All proceeds go toward supporting our current projects in Bolivia, Guatemala and Honduras.  For more information please email Erin Valdivia (evaldivi@mtu.edu).

PAUL CASTLE BENEFIT:  There will be a Chili Fundraiser to benefit Paul Castle on FRIDAY, Feb. 11 (Friday of Winter Carnival) at St. Albert the Great Church (411 Macinnes Drive, Houghton) from 11 AM – 7 PM.  Suggested donation is $5 or more.  There will be a silent auction of local goods and services.  Volunteers are welcome and needed.  Questions can be directed to Genny Gierke (gegierke@mtu.edu).  Paul, a junior at Michigan Tech, was recently involved in a severe motor vehicle accident while traveling back to school to start the spring semester.  Icy conditions caused the vehicle in the oncoming lane to lose control and strike Paul’s vehicle. He was taken to Marquette General and later airlifted to U of M Medical Center, where he is still undergoing surgeries to repair his injuries.  All proceeds go towards Paul’s treatment and rehabilitation.

BUFFALO RIVER ALTERNATIVE SPRING BREAK:  Join the Outdoor Adventure Program’s Alternative Spring Break, Buffalo River Paddling!   Dates: March 4-12; Cost: $400.  Swing by the Outdoor Adventure Program Rental Center to sign up or get more info by visiting  www.oap.mtu.edu.  Paddle down the Buffalo River, our first national waterway.  A mildly challenging river, the Buffalo has something for all paddling levels, and the bluffs of the Ozarks are some of the most scenic in the country. The trip includes two experienced guides, transportation, food, boats, group gear, tickets into the St. Louis Arch, and a week in the sunny Arkansas climes. The trip also qualifies you to register for a PE credit. Guaranteed to be unforgettable!